November 06, 2008


My feeling about John McCain's candidacy are well known. I've never been a supporter, but simply felt he was a far better option than the man who eventually won.

Now that the campaign is over, however, some of McCain's staffers are seeking to blame others for the loss, instead of accepting defeat at the hands of an Obama campaign that was better focused, organized, and managed.

Michelle Malkin, Hot Air and Ace are just some of the blogs hunting down the anonymous McCain campaign sources so willing to blame someone else for their faliings. Red State has gone so far as to launch Operation Leper to run down and publicly name those unwilling to accept that it was their poor political skills and poorly run campaign that contributed to a campaign that never found its footing. So far they've named three McCain campaign staffers. I would not be surprised if there are a few more.

The people need to find another line of work.

John McCain's staff—no doubt including those leaking—ran an often unfocused campaign. If they want to start casting blame at those responsible, they better find a mirror first.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at November 6, 2008 11:12 AM

These people need to remember that Sarah Palin is the only reason John McCain didn't get an even worse beatdown than he did. Those crowds of 20,000+ weren't coming to see McCain or Steve Schmidt. They were coming to see our very own rock star, Sarah Palin. Right now, "unnamed staffers" are a lot more expendable than Palin.

BTW, I'm from just up the road from you, over here in the Soviet Socialist Republic of Durham. 76% for The Obama this time, that officially makes us bluer than even Asheville or Chapel Hell. Argh.

Posted by: Moose at November 6, 2008 11:47 AM

Conservatives take responsibility for their actions/inactions. Just another example of why I've called McCain, "McRino", from day one. He staffed his campaign with like-minded people but chose an actual Conservative for his VP. Then he forced a muzzle on that biggest asset - Palin.

McCain the veteran, POW, and war hero has always had my respect. McRino, the politician, never did. His campaign and staff have earned my scorn.

Posted by: Mark at November 6, 2008 12:17 PM

Where is John McCain?
Where is the oh-so-honorable John McCain?
He needs to get off his arse and go out and publicly and stongly condemn, contradict and refute these aspersions.
He always did it for Obama.

Posted by: Bohemian at November 6, 2008 12:58 PM

"Conservatives take responsibility for their actions/"

Oh, really?

How about the last 8 years?

Why don't you take all those guns and put them to good use like pointing them at each other.

Oh, wait. You are.


Posted by: Danny Guam at November 6, 2008 02:37 PM

It's fun to watch the right continue their total obsession with enemies and eat themselves alive, while the rest of us dance in the streets.

Posted by: angryflower at November 6, 2008 02:49 PM

As usual, the lefty-trolls come out when truth is spoken. Recently several lefty-trolls complained about a very few commenters here in other threads who "refuse to accept B(H)O as their President". I'd love for those fabulous individuals to tell me if President Bush was EVER "their President".

TRUE Conservatives take responsibility for their actions. These 'campaign workers' blaming Palin for the campaign's shortcomings fail to understand the following question/answer. If Palin was "thoroughly vetted" by the campaign (several 'campaign workers' now claim she is one of the big reasons he lost), why did McRino offer her the position? Obviously, they didn't properly do their job(s) in the first place. Now they are attempting to lay the blame for THEIR failures at feet of the only reason McRino actually had a ghost of a chance.


I reiterate; Palin was the only reason McRino had a ghost of a chance.

Posted by: Mark at November 6, 2008 03:01 PM

I knew this was gonna happen.

It's dead obvious these staffers are the ones to blame for the poorly run campaign. The McCain campaign sucked monkey balls and everyday when I would read the news I would cringe inside because I knew McCain & Palin were going to lose because of it. It wasn't John McCain or Sarah Palin that lost this election, it was the people running the campaign, and I wanna know the names of ALL the rats squealing now so I know who to watch out for in the future.

Posted by: scarlett at November 6, 2008 03:47 PM

Right now, "unnamed staffers" are a lot more expendable than Palin.

I hope to hell the people in charge of the GOP agree...because if they don't, we're probably going to find out just how much worse things can really get.

Posted by: the pistolero at November 6, 2008 05:34 PM

The lefty trolls are too stupid to know the same thugs and tax collectors that came with Hussein O will come after them to. I'll enjoy watching them make fools of themselves for a few months and then start whining when reality catches up with them. Meanwhile buy guns and lots of ammo to protect yourself and your family. Know your neighbors, if they are lefties don't turn a hand to protect them. It won't take the criminal element more than a few days to figure out where they can rob without fear, and they'll stay away from homes where people are well armed.
I'll buy several cases of Ammo myself. Have several weapons already from a personal carry 38 to long range high powered rifles. Hussein's first move (already planned) is to jack the tax so high on ammo you can't afford to buy it. Get a reloading kit and plenty of supplies. Not a problem to store and easy to use.

Posted by: Scrapiron at November 6, 2008 06:35 PM

I'd like to ask these blameshifters some questions: Who else could McCain have picked that would have been better?

Romney? The MoveOnMedia would have had a field day with the disagreements between the two (and it's worth noting that, of course, they've not said a word about Biden's criticism of Barack Anti-Military Obama).

Pawlenty? Just as unknown as Palin was, but a lackluster speaker without anywhere near the real record of real reforms that Palin has.

Huckabee? Kiss the fiscal conservatives goodbye.

Lieberman? You want Obama to win 49 of the 57 (or 58) states?

Jindal? Not much more experience as a Governor than Palin (maybe even less, haven't looked at the exact dates each took office), and he was in the middle of a real scandal with his state government raises.

Once you take a good, long, hard look at the alternatives, Palin suddenly doesn't look so bad.

And another point that's been brought out by other commentators... McCain picked her. Doesn't that reflect more negatively on McCain than it does Palin, even though she accepted?

Posted by: C-C-G at November 6, 2008 07:07 PM

On the other hand, I think we can expect to see some mea-culping from MSM on McCain/Palin, aimed to appear neutral again (just in case people would buy it):

Posted by: Jeff Tyler at November 6, 2008 07:18 PM

The mandate that Obama received (and yes is was a mandate) came mainly because Americans rejected the dumbing down of our nation.
Many just wanted a President that could speak with subject noun agreement. The belief that intellect was somehow "elitist" was rejected.
The is a reason that Statistics demonstrate those voting for the GOP have a lower education.
This election demonstrated that the "left" is now the center.
The fact that so many still embrace Palin is proof in point.
A simple many here volunteered actual time (canvassing or phone banking) for any candidate of your choice?...dDidn't think so.
Folks willing to put in the time allowed Obama to take Florida, Virgina, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada. It also made possible for Dem gains in the Senate and House.
Millions took time out because we felt it was that important. Dems lost in 2004 because we were against Bush and not for Kerry. If Palin is your hope in
"Goddam well I declare,
have you seen the light.
Their walls are built with
their motto
is Don't tread on me."..Robert Hunter

jist speculatin'

Posted by: nogomore at November 6, 2008 07:46 PM

nogo, did you know that Obama received fewer votes than Bush did in 2004?

If that wasn't a mandate for Bush, how can it be a mandate for Obama, who received fewer votes?

As for the rest of your screed, it's no more correct than what I just pointed out. Check out any video or audio of Obama off the teleprompter. He calls an asthma inhalator a breathalyzer, says he's been in 57 states, etc.

Posted by: C-C-G at November 6, 2008 07:53 PM

I think that I have a plan for the future.

The Republican future.

Posted by: Two Dogs at November 8, 2008 02:13 AM